Kaur breaks into top 10 of ICC ODI Player Rankings
Riding on her stellar batting performances at the just-concluded World Cup, India's Harmanpreet Kaur on Tuesday broke into the top 10 of the ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings.
Kaur's swashbuckling 171 not out helped India defeat Australia by 36 runs in the semi-final and she followed that with a fighting 51 in the final against England. These performances helped her improve seven slots to sixth place in the latest ranking.
She is now the second India batter to feature in the top after Mithali Raj, who is ranked second 10 points behind Australia captain Meg Lanning. Australia's Ellyse Perry is third, trailing Raj by 12 points.
Apart from Kaur, Poonam Raut has gained five slots to reach 14th position after scores of 86 and 14 in the final and semi-final respectively, while Veda Krishnamurthy has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 26th position following scores of 35 in the final and 16 not out in the semi-final. Among bowlers, world's leading ODI wicket-taker Jhulan Goswami has gained four slots to reach second position and within four points of South Africa's Marizanne Kapp after figures of 3-23 in the final and 2-35 in the semi-final. Goswami's new-ball partner Shikha Pandey (up one place to 12th) and leg-spinner Poonam (up six places to a career-best 28th) are other India bowlers to move up.
Among others, England fast bowler Anya Shrubsole has broken into the top 10 of the Women's ODI Player Rankings for the first time in her career after playing a star role in the knockout phase of the ICC World Cup which culminated with her side's nine-run win over India in the final
Shrubsole has moved up nine slots to a career-best seventh position after her player of the match effort of six for 46 in a thrilling final before a packed to capacity crowd. Shrubsole had also picked one for 33 in the semi-final against South Africa, which her team won by two wickets.
Other England bowlers too had much to cheer about in the latest rankings, which took into account the semi-finals and final of the eight-team tournament played across five venues in the United Kingdom. Laura Marsh has gained one place to move to 19th position, while Jerry Gunn has moved up two places to 20th spot.
Among the England batters, Sarah Taylor has progressed three positions to 12th rank after notching up 54 in the semi-final and 45 in the final.